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Posted on July 12 2012, 12:43am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Ray Dileo/Silverton Standard & the Miner
 A couple of deer stand alert to the presence of humans, just above the trail
to Ice Lake, early on the morning on Tuesday, July 10. 
 
Red Mountain Pass
closed tonight and 
on Tuesday, July 17 
Red Mountain Pass will be closed completely tonight, Thursday, July 12, for drainage pipe work, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The pass will close at 8 p.m. this evening and reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 13.
On the night of Tuesday, July 17, the pass will be closed for the same hours.
Meanwhile motorists can expect to find one-lane alternating traffic Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The drainage work is part of the project to repair two crib walls (retaining walls) under the southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of snow shed. The work will be completed by Sept. 25. Up to four more night closures may be necessary at a later date.
 
State Rep. Brown in Silverton on Friday
State Rep. J Paul Brown (R-Ignacio) will be in Silverton on Friday morning, July 13. He will meet with constituents at 7:30 a.m. the Brown Bear Cafe for questions and answers.
 
Spaghetti dinner 
tonight to help search and rescue squad
Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner for San Juan County Search and Rescue will be held tonight, Thursday, July 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grand Imperial Hotel. Cost is $12.
 
On Greene Street: ‘The Complete History of America (abridged)’ 
Silverton’s A Theatre Group presents “The Complete History of America (abridged),” by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor.
“The Complete History of America (abridged)” is a politically irreverent romp through our nation’s historical ups and downs enacted for your amusement by Mason Miller, Desiree Henderson, and Lucas Schoenemann, and directed by Blair Runion.
Performances are  July 11-15 (Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m. matinees; all other shows 7:30 p.m.) at the Grand Imperial Hotel Theatre. Admission is: $15 for adults, $10 for children10 years old and under.
For reservations, phone: (970) 387-5337, mail: P.O. Box 56, Silverton, CO 81433; e-mail: tickets@atheatregroup.org
 
Caldera Dances at Montanya Saturday
Join Amy and Lisa from Silverton’s Caldera Dance Troupe on Saturday, Aug. 14for a fun evening of belly dance at Montanya.
American Tribal Style Belly Dance (ATS) finds its roots in the folkloric dances of the Middle East, Africa, and Spanish Flamenco. The style involves a group improvisational format with simple steps and gestures that build upon the music and the interactions between dancers. 
The costuming and the visual presentation incorporate influences from around the world, creating a rich, high-impact experience.  Two performances at 7:30 & 8:15 pm.  There is no cover, and the show is appropriate for all ages.  
 
Silent movie comedies to be presented July 15
Omar’s Silent Movie Tour 21012 is coming to Silverton at 7:25 p.m.  Sunday, July 15 at the American Legion.
Omar Arriaga will accompany the films on piano. The show features four silent short films, featuring Charlie Chaplin. Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
 
Fish limits suspended
for Crystal Lake
Because the water from Crystal Lake near Ouray is being drained, all bag and possession limits for fish are suspended through July 31, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has announced.
Anglers, who must have a valid 2012 Colorado fishing license, can keep all the fish they catch by hook and line, and by snagging. 
It is illegal to use explosives, toxicants, firearms or nets.         
The lake is stocked annually with cutthroat trout by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Crystal Lake is located about eight miles south of Ouray in Ironton Park on the west side of U.S. Highway 550. The lake is being drained by the U.S. Forest Service to accommodate dam repairs.   
 
Crowdfunding 
seminar in Durango
The office of Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet will co-host a crowdfunding seminar at the Durango Public Library for small and start-up business owners and entrepreneurs looking to raise early stage capital. 
The event today, Thursday, July 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., is part of a series of seminars taking place across the state to explain how crowdfunding works and how businesses can take advantage of this new resource. 
 The Small Business Development Center of Southwest Colorado and the Region 9 Economic Development District are co-hosting the event.  There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.  Participants can RSVP on Bennet’s website.
 Bennet included the crowdfunding provision in the JOBS Act, which was recently signed into law.  It allows small, young and rapidly growing businesses to raise funds from small, individual investors online and through social media. The law seeks to address the difficulties small businesses, young businesses and start-ups face in securing capital, compared with larger companies.
 Participants will hear from local entrepreneurs and business owners, legal experts and representatives from traditional investment firms in Colorado, including venture capital, banks and microfinance. Scheduled panelists will include: Jim Mackay, Freebee Cards; Anthony Edwards, San Juan Law Office and founder of Crowdfunding Offerings, Limited; Lindsay Nicholson, attorney, Goldman, Robbins, and Nicholson; Brad Broyles, First Southwest Bank; Gary Masner, CEO,  Advanced Mobile Propulsion Test, LLC; and Ed Morlan, executive director, Region 9 Economic Development District.
 
Extra train Monday
Chrysler Corp. has chartered a train to Silverton for Monday, July 16, but for only about 30 people.
Since it is a small group, the railroad will put additional cars on and sell general seating.
So there will be a fourth train leaving at 7:30 a.m. and arriving in Silverton around 11 a.m.  There is no bus service associated with this extra train, but passengers will have the opportunity to mix and match with other bus departures. 
 
School gets $20,000 grant for health, 
wellness efforts
The Silverton school district has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Colorado Legacy Foundation to support the start up of its new kitchen.
The school will be launching a breakfast and lunch program this fall in the newly renovated school.
The grant will help with menu development, consulting with Durango school district food services, and development of a nutrition curriculum for use in classrooms, said Kim White, superintendent of the school district.
Silverton School has about 60 students, K-12.
The Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) awarded nearly a quarter-million dollars to thirteen school districts and one charter school throughout Colorado as part of CLF’s School Health and Wellness Initiative. 
 
Charity Quilt now on display downtown
The Charity Quilt made by Barbara Kramer Green and the Silverton Threads is now displayed in the window of the store which used to be the Tourist Trap, on Greene Street. 
Tickets for the drawing will be sold until the Colorfest Quilt Show which is Sept. 8 and 9. They may be purchased at Citizens Bank, Train Art Store, Silver Summit Campground, Del Sol, Silverton Trading Co. and from Silverton Threads members. They are $1 apiece or 6 tickets for $5. 
The monies donated over the past years have helped many organizations including the Youth Center, the Food Bank, SJ Volunteer Fire Dept, KSJC community radio, the Senior Program, and many more.
Upcoming program for July 17 will be Sue Trotter and Linda Porter teaching “little purses.” All are welcome to attend. For information on what to bring, call 928-750-4136.  
Beading lessons are ongoing. Call (970) 387-5580 for information on supplies needed. Anyone is welcome to attend Silverton Threads at Kendall Mountain Rec. Center, Tuesdays at 7 pm.
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